This boat is a'rockn!
It was one week ago I had my first cochlear implant surgery. It has been a week of....,you know what you would call that place of fire and brimstone. I woke up while I was still in the OR, jumping to my left side to heave and heave. The vomiting/dry heaves continued because the vertigo would not stop. I was supposed to go home. How many times have I had patients myself with similar procedures that went home within the hour or two of getting to recovery? Every time. I ended up having to stay in the hospital. My eyes would not focus or stay still. The nystagmus was ongoing. I couldn’t read, words or lips! I couldn’t just look at anything. I was literally bed bound, eyes closed. Yes, the bedpans came out. When I made it home, I just stayed in bed doing absolutely nothing but sleep and sit there. On day 3 my ear started swelling up, weeping, getting really itchy with little hives around it and on it. I was starting to fear to worse, that my body was rejecting the implant. I was worried I was going to be dizzy for the rest of my life, I was worried that I was going to have to have another surgery to explant the device. It was a relief when I finally made it to see Dr. Crawford. Apparently I was allergic to an adhesive that they used during surgery, not the implant. We were both relieved. Dr Crawford said it will take a few months for my brain to adapt and stabilize. Because of my “special” EVA, there was a transition in fluid when he put the electrodes in. I am now currently dealing with vertigo, loss of sensation/taste on left side of my tongue, tinnitus (loud ringing in my ear), at times it keeps me awake at night. I am still sleeping upright, and having pain from the implant itself which is mild compared to the vertigo. I have 4 girls who need their mom and a life to live. I have been blessed to have family and friends that I have stopped by with meals, help with baby Brynn, clean my house. I could not have functioned this past week without all their help and thoughtfulness. I would like to think the worst of it is over. Sure it is going to be challenging for a while but..... I got this. The boat may be rocking for a while, but...... we got this.